You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
That’s exactly what 82 footballers did at the Abbey School in Faversham on the 1st June as they gathered to take part in the growing spectacle that is Walking Football.
Walking Football is a slower paced version of the Beautiful Game, designed to be inclusive of those who can no-longer access the traditional formats of the game, with the main difference being that no running or jogging is allowed! The sport is taking off across Kent with over 25 sessions taking part across the county.
Building on this success, Kent FA are looking to provide as much opportunity for players as possible by hosting Walking Football festivals throughout the summer.
The first festival, which took place at the Abbey School, was a drive for participation, creating social opportunities, offering an opportunity to be fit and active, and to just play for fun. No scores were recorded on the way to encourage a friendly atmosphere, while 10 teams took to the 3G pitch to play for their respective badge.
Coaches from the Community Trust were on hand to support the event, providing referees, Community Trust, Project Coordinator, Barry Cooper said; “it was great to see teams from all over Kent, making contact and integrating. We tried out some new rules and from the players feedback we can adapt Walking Football to everyone’s needs. The players adapted so well, from normally playing indoors, to now playing on a 3G pitch with no walls. Our coaches thoroughly enjoyed the evening and look forward to supporting the steering group that has been set-up”
Herbie Tyler, Football Development Officer for Kent FA, was the organiser behind the event, added; “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and staying active. Walking Football can help to reduce the symptoms of health issues, can help to battle loneliness by creating social opportunities, and opens up a great sporting opportunity for those who, for whatever reason, cannot compete in the traditional running version of the beautiful game.”
The feedback we’ve received from the event has been fantastic, and with an age range of 40 years to 70 years talking part it just goes to show that walking football really is for everyone.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about Walking Football, or would like support in starting up a session, please contact Herbie on Herbie.Tyler@kentfa.com